We are all sinners. In many ways that short, direct statement could leave us in despair, for if sin causes death, we shall all die. St. Paul helps us to understand how we find hope amidst this despairing thought.
“For just as through the disobedience of one man the many were made sinners, so, through the obedience of the one, many will be made righteous.” Romans 5.19 To be made righteous is to be moral and good and just, which happens only because of the actions of Jesus Christ, all part of the plan for our salvation. We sin, we need forgiveness. Jesus dies for our transgressions, we are forgiven, we are saved and we live. We all know the story of “the fall of man” which we heard again in last week’s First Reading; tempted by the evil snake to take fruit from a forbidden tree, Adam and Eve sinned and we as a human race inherited that sin. We know it as “original sin” and only in Jesus Christ and his obedience to his Father are we forgiven of that sin and all sin. Through the act of the ultimate sacrifice of his own life on the Cross, Jesus Christ retrieves us from certain death and brings us to the joy of eternal life with God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
During this Lenten season it is important for each of us as disciples of Christ to examine our lives, our sins and our need to be forgiven. Sin destroys and causes one to experience fear, anxiety, loss of hope, excessive worry and regret. Sin robs us from becoming the person God intended us to be. In our weakness, in our humanness, we fail over and over again to live in love with God and one another. Only in Jesus Christ do we find the hope and the love we long for. Turn your heart back to God this Lent. Let God’s love for you lift you from the darkness of sin so that you may know the true joy of life! Know that as you turn back to God, he is there waiting with open arms to receive YOU – his beloved child!
With hope and in faith,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC